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Former President Bush, 90, hospitalized for shortness of breath
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, 90, was hospitalized in Houston, Texas, late on Tuesday after experiencing shortness of breath, a spokesman for the 41st commander-in-chief said in a statement.
Officer kills armed black man near Ferguson, Missouri, police say
(Reuters) - A U.S. police officer shot and killed a black man after he pointed a loaded pistol at him in a St. Louis suburb near where an unarmed black teen was killed by a white officer in August, police said on Wednesday.
NY protesters reject plea for hiatus despite police slayings
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mayor Bill de Blasio's attempts to soothe a city dismayed by the slaying of two officers were further rebuffed on Tuesday as protesters defied his call to suspend what have become regular demonstrations over excessive police force.
LA police investigate song mocking dead black teen at ex-cop's party
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A song poking fun at the killing of black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman, performed at a retired officer's party, has prompted the Los Angeles Police Department to launch an internal investigation, its chief said on Tuesday.
Tornadoes kill four people, cause major damage in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - Tornadoes unleashed by thunderstorms along the U.S. Gulf Coast ripped through southeastern Mississippi on Tuesday, killing four people, injuring many and causing extensive damage, authorities said.
Two people wounded by gunfire at Atlanta movie theater
(Reuters) - Two people were wounded in gunfire late on Tuesday at an Atlanta theater hosting a film's premiere, and there have been no arrests, police said.
U.S. judge throws out Arizona sheriff's immigration suit against Obama
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit brought against Barack Obama by an Arizona police chief who called the U.S. president's sweeping immigration reforms unconstitutional, saying the plaintiff lacked legal standing in the case.
Despite Supreme Court order, Florida gay marriage ban back in court
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - A tiny county in the northern Florida Panhandle, facing the prospect of court-ordered gay marriage going into effect next month, filed an emergency motion on Tuesday asking a federal judge to clarify whether it must marry all gay couples.
U.S. to pay $3.2 million to contractor freed from Cuba prison
MIAMI (Reuters) - Alan Gross, the contractor freed last week after five years in a Cuban jail will receive $3.2 million from the U.S. government as part of a settlement with his employer, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced on Tuesday.
FBI arrests Colorado man over online threats to kill police
DENVER (Reuters) - FBI agents arrested a Colorado man who posted online threats advocating the killing of police officers after investigators received a tip about one of the messages from Google, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
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